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Ironton must battle 2 foes

Ironton Fighting Tigers’ quarterback Ayden Barnes (6) eludes one defender and looks to get past another Ashland Tomcats player during last Friday’s game. Ironton visits South Point this Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

The Ironton Fighting Tigers are facing two opponents this week.
Ironton plays at South Point against the Pointers and they must also take on themselves.
“We’re concerned with South Point, but we also have to focus on what we’re doing. We have to execute better and we have to clean some things up,” said Ironton coach Mark Vass.
Ironton (1-3, 0-1) needs a win to snap a two-game losing streak and get back on the winning track in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Vass is also concerned with the Pointers who have started well after going winless last season.
“They’re 2-2 and they had some mistakes and turnovers or they would have beaten River Valley. We can’t overlook anyone now or at any time,” said Vass.
The Pointers (2-2, 0-1) have some solid skilled players and an inexperienced offensive line anchored by three-year starter Caleb Eplion who is a 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior.
The quarterback in the West Coast offense is junior Joel Morrison (5-11, 155). The fullback is sophomore Jeremy McMillian (6-1, 190) and the halfback is sophomore Zy’yon Sloan (6-0, 190).
Junior Cade Brandt (6-2, 150) is a talented wide receiver and is joined in the receiving corps by junior Brandon Hankins (6-0, 160) and sophomore tight end Jo Jo Burris (5-11, 200).
The center is freshman Bennett McCallister (5-8, 190), Eplion is the right guard and junior Kionte Bacon (5-10, 220) the left guard while junior Seth Nicely (6-0, 240) and senior Kenny Cooper (6-0, 240) the tackles.
“South Point has some good skilled players who can make plays and they have a lot of speed and quickness on defense,” said Vass.
Eplion and Bacon are the defensive tackles with Nicely the nose guard and senior Jiri Vacha (6-4, 195) is the defensive end.
The linebackers are McMillian and freshman Walker Clay (5-9, 160). The secondary is led by junior Brad Perry (5-9, 140) and freshman Darryl Taylor (6-1, 150) at the corners while brothers Cade Brandt and freshman Cody Brandt (6-1, 170) are the safeties.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.